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UN Climate Summit: France Puts 24 Green Activists Under House Arrests

Paris; Nov. 29: France has put 24 green activists under house arrest ahead of the United Nations climate talks, using emergency laws put in place following the Paris shootings, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Saturday.

Cazeneuve said the activists were suspected of planning violent protests at the talks which kick off on Sunday, a day ahead of the opening ceremony, and run until December 11.

Greenpeace International's executive Director Kumi Naidoo said he was "disappointed" that France's political leadership would "choose to enable sporting events, trade exhibitions and other arts and culture events to go ahead, but with such a clamp down on the space for the biggest issue humanity faces".

The climate talks will see 195 countries coming together to try to come to an agreement on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020.

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